Saab Turbo fever is rampant in North America. The classic 900 Turbo is traded at enormous prices and the prices for younger Saab are also increasing. There's a kind of rebirth that's happening, more than a decade after the brand's demise.
The trend is not exclusively limited to the American continent. The Scandinavians, and not only them alone, think two-stroke Saab are great. Today's technology is exotic, and that arouses interest. What turbo is to the US, the two-stroke is to the North. Saab is iconic and prices are on the way up. Not with every model, of course, and the Saab 96 V4 has hardly noticed anything from the current fever surge.
The prices usually tend to be listless, the two-stroke short nose is the nicer car, and it also has the more exciting technology.
More than $40.000 for a Saab 96 V4
That could change. A pretty funky Saab 96 V4 with almost nothing original left was put up for auction in the US. The fact that this Saab would arouse great interest was evident from the number of readers. Hardly was that Post online, hits went up. It quickly became clear to us that something was happening here. The 96 obviously hit the nerve of Saab lovers.
Was it the paint job in “Guard's Red’, a Porsche color, and the advice to treat yourself to the 96 V4, park it in the company car park next to your colleague’s 911 and steal the show? Or was the perfectly made conversion, the upgrade with the seats from the classic Saab 900, a reason for the attractiveness?
A lot had also happened under the hood. The V4 had been completely revised by specialist Andy Bittenbinder, with almost nothing reminiscent of its Ford origins. Whatever it may have been, the Saab 96 V4 switched on the Bring A Trailer Auction the owner for US$40.750 (about 37.570 €) plus premium for the auction platform.
A remarkable price for a V4, which in terms of interest has so far been overshadowed by the two-stroke models. No record proceeds, but a lot of money for a converted Saab classic.
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